Book Review – The Russian Renaissance by Ian Kharatomov

My own reading challenge and the book group I’m part of have a book set in Europe as one of the prompts hence my choice of The Russian Renaissance by Ian Kharatomov. This book was read on my Kindle.


Constantine can no longer hide in Europe. As he discovers a century-old secret, he must flee back to Moscow, chased by assassins.

Only one man can save him. Eugene Sokolov: an officer in the world’s most elite rescue unit, a martial arts legend… and Constantine’s brother.

They face an enemy unlike any other. In a game run by a KGB spymaster, the fate of Russia will depend on their survival.


I’ve not read a thriller of this kind for quite some time and I must say I enjoyed it. There is a good mix of Russian history, action, suspense and intrigue as the three main characters – Eugene, Constantine and Asiyah – fight to avoid a full blown revolution and environmental disaster while battling past demons.

I found myself rooting for the characters of Eugene and Constantine and found them easy to relate to. Asiyah on the other hand didn’t quite give me the same connection. There was something about her character that didn’t quite gel with me and I didn’t have the same concern for her safety as I did for the Solokov brothers.

I have vague memories of some of the events mentioned in the book and even those before my time were detailed enough that I didn’t need to be reaching for Google every 5 minutes.

There is sufficient explanation of the environmental issues. I must admit I glossed over slightly but not enough to lose track of the story.

On the whole I enjoyed the foray into the world of Russian politics. I felt the book had just the right amount of intrigue and action to balance out the deeper subject matter.

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

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